Richard Pezzella joined the Academy in June 2018 after completing a series of internships around Washington. Previously, he worked in Washington as a grassroots organizer with Mayday America, a campaign finance reform group during the summer of 2016. After graduation, he returned to Washington to intern in the office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel, and government relations and communications firm, Signal Group. His areas of interest and expertise include infrastructure, public health, international relations, technology, and space policy. Richard graduated in May 2017 from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Relations, and comes originally from Brooklyn, New York.